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Getting Your Vacation Home in South Florida Ready for Hurricane Season

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Hurricane Preparedness | Comments Off on Getting Your Vacation Home in South Florida Ready for Hurricane Season

Getting Your Vacation Home in South Florida Ready for Hurricane Season

Over the past few years, South Florida has been relatively lucky in terms of being able to come out of massive storms and hurricanes without crippling damage. The good fortune of the Sunshine State, however, shouldn’t lead you to avoid preparing your home for hurricane season each year.   Hurricane season started in June, so if you haven’t already implemented these safety and protective measures, now is the time to do so:   Window Shutters One of the outdated home preparedness tips that used to be given to residents of South Florida is to board up their windows. While this is a step in the right direction, it does not offer enough in terms of protecting your home. A better way to go about protecting your window from the debris that can get flung at your home during a tropical storm is to invest in quality window shutters that...

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What Is Included In A Home Watch Service In South Florida?

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Home Maintenance, Home Management Services, Home Watch | Comments Off on What Is Included In A Home Watch Service In South Florida?

South Florida is a popular location for retirees and semi-retired people who want to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery that the Sunshine State has to offer. There are many private estate-communities with seasonal residents who spend parts of the year in South Florida and the rest of the year elsewhere. As such, a home watch service has become increasingly prominent and important in the region. Whether you spend the majority of your time at your South Florida home or whether you are only there for a few months a year, the peace of mind that comes along with knowing someone is keeping an eye on your home is priceless. At Gardens Home Management Services, we offer a comprehensive home watch service that includes the following: We monitor severe weather warnings and provide emergency preparations. As many residents know, tropical storms and hurricanes can cause a lot of damage...

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FAQs on Home Watch Services in Palm Beach Gardens

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in General, Home Watch, Hurricane Preparedness | Comments Off on FAQs on Home Watch Services in Palm Beach Gardens

You may or may not have heard of ‘home watch services’ in Palm Beach Gardens and other areas of the country. Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this service, how it works, and how homeowners can benefit from it:   What is a Home Watch Service? A home watch service refers to a service that a company offers when they take care of your home and keep an eye on your property. If you have a holiday home, for example, you may not be able to follow up on security alerts, maintain your pool and your lawn, or make electrical repairs as and when issues arrive. A home watch service will take care of these jobs for you.   Why Do I Need A Home Watch Service For My Vacation Home? A vacation home is a big investment and to keep it safe, secure and in...

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Summer 2018 Maintenance Checklist for Your South Florida Home

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Estate Management, General, Home Maintenance, Home Watch | Comments Off on Summer 2018 Maintenance Checklist for Your South Florida Home

Want to get your South Florida home ready for summer? Then follow this summer 2018 maintenance checklist compiled by our home maintenance company:   A New Coat Of Paint For Your Home’s Exterior   Want to add some curb appeal to your home and give it an instant facelift? Then make full use of the warmer weather outside and give your home a fresh coat of paint. You can also consider incorporating some of the trendy exterior paint color palettes such as: Peach, cream, and green Soft gray and canary yellow Cotton white and deep blue Ivory, white, and aqua Crisp white, aqua, and royal purple Honey yellow, mustard yellow, and brown Cool green and pure white Taupe and rustic brown Olive green, oak, and white   Window Maintenance While the interior facing sides of windows get cleaned relatively often, the windows’ exteriors are a different story. They are...

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Safeguard Your Florida Residence for Summer: Part 2

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in General, Home Management Services, Home Watch | Comments Off on Safeguard Your Florida Residence for Summer: Part 2

Safeguard Your Florida Residence for Summer: Part 2

In our last blog post, we addressed some of the things that you can do to protect your Florida home this summer, including protecting your home against humidity, water, and pests. In part 2 of this series, we will look at the further steps that you can take to ensure your home is in tip-top condition when you return: Insurance Related Tasks If your home gets damaged by a hurricane, flood or a break-in, then you will need sufficient evidence and documentation to submit to your insurance company. Be sure to take photos and videos of both the interior and exterior of your home so that you can show the before and after damage (if damage occurs). It is also a good idea to take photos of your belongings within your home in case you have to claim for any stolen or damaged property. Security While you may be...

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Safeguard Your Florida Residence for Summer: Part 1

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Estate Management, General, Home Watch | Comments Off on Safeguard Your Florida Residence for Summer: Part 1

Safeguard Your Florida Residence for Summer: Part 1

Florida has a great climate, but many people prefer to head north during the summer months to avoid the scorching heat. While you may be safe and sound further up north, you need to make sure that your Florida residence is safeguarded against floods, hurricanes, and humidity so that it is in tip-top shape when you get back. Humidity Humidity can affect nearly everything in and around your home, including your electronic devices, wooden furniture, clothing, as well as your paint and wallpaper. You can minimize the impact of humidity on your belongings and property by getting a property management company to turn on your air conditioning system for a few hours each day, by weather sealing your windows and doors, and by covering vents in your house with plastic. Water Unexpected flood damage could cause water to seep into your home. If you are not around to limit...

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How to Choose the Best Home Watch Service in South Florida

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in General, Home Watch, Hurricane Preparedness | Comments Off on How to Choose the Best Home Watch Service in South Florida

How to Choose the Best Home Watch Service in South Florida

Nothing is worse than having your home broken into, experiencing weather damage, or finding out that your place has been infected by pests. An increasing number of residents in South Florida are investing in home watch services to make sure that there is a trusted, accountable company who is keeping a watchful eye on their properties. While many real estate agents and real estate brokers have started to offer home watch services, they often lack the expertise, manpower, and general know-how to take care of all the potential issues themselves. If you own a home in South Florida, then it’s crucial to do a bit of research when interviewing companies for home watch services. Some of the things that you should inquire about include the following: How long the company has been providing home watch services for? Is the company bonded and insured? Do they do emergency call-outs? How...

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Spring Maintenance Checklist for South Florida Homeowners

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Estate Management, General, Home Watch | Comments Off on Spring Maintenance Checklist for South Florida Homeowners

Spring Maintenance Checklist for South Florida Homeowners

Spring is around the corner! As a homeowner in South Florida, there are a few things that you should check out to ensure that your home is properly maintained and in tip-top condition for the warmer weather: Checking Your Air Conditioning System South Florida can get very hot and humid. Having a functioning air conditioning system is vital if you want to stay comfortable during the spring and summer. An inefficient HVAC system can also guzzle up an unnecessarily high amount of electricity. So, be sure to have your system inspected and repaired before spring. Water Drainage It often rains at the beginning of spring in South Florida. During this time, keep an eye out for pools of water around your property. If water on your property isn’t draining effectively, it could lead to the growth of mold, pest infestations or structural damage to your property. Wall Cleaning Many...

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Home Management and Maintenance Services for Your Vacation Home

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Estate Management, Home Maintenance, Home Management Services | Comments Off on Home Management and Maintenance Services for Your Vacation Home

Home Management and Maintenance Services for Your Vacation Home

If you own a vacation home in Florida, you are undoubtedly aware that maintenance is essential if you want to maintain the property’s long-term value. That is why it is essential to set home management and maintenance services in place: to ensure that your vacation home is properly maintained and taken care of while you are away. Home maintenance emergencies tend to be inevitable. The best thing you can do is ensure that you’re prepared to fight back when they strike. Having a list of reliable contractors on hand is certainly helpful. But not if you don’t stay in the area as the contractors won’t have easy access to the property. And if you’re handling your own vacation home maintenance and care, chances are that you will only discover the problems during the holiday season when the service providers are working with skeleton staff or are unavailable. Even worse,...

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Snowbirds Property Management and Home Watch Services in South Florida

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in General, Home Watch, Hurricane Preparedness | Comments Off on Snowbirds Property Management and Home Watch Services in South Florida

Snowbirds Property Management and Home Watch Services in South Florida

If you’re one of Florida’s “snowbirds”, you’re probably gearing up for some of the best skiing opportunities at your favorite destination. But, who is going to take care of your home while you are gone? With professional snowbird property management and home watch services in South Florida, you can enjoy your vacation with the absolute peace of mind that your Florida home’s safety, security, and upkeep are all being taken care of in your absence. Leaving it up to chance will merely put your property at risk. Imagine returning from your trip to find your Florida vacation home or property damaged by a water leak or storm or with a faulty plumbing or air conditioning system. Professional home watch services in South Florida can be tailored to your specific needs. What Should a Snowbird Home Watch Service in South Florida Include? A full interior and exterior inspection can be...

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